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Diana's swansong: The Crown producers recreate one of the Princess's final public appearances... but they opt not to replicate famous turquoise sequin dress the royal wore in iconic images
By Eleanor Sharples Tv & Radio Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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It was one of her very last public appearances – in one of her most iconic outfits.
Now the moment Princess Diana attended a royal gala performance of the English National Ballet’s Swan Lake in June 1997 has been recreated for The Crown.
Yet while Elizabeth Debicki is the double of Diana in the red carpet scene, the show’s producers have chosen not to replicate the princess’s Jacques Azagury turquoise sequin shift dress.
The latest season of The Crown will see the recreation of some of Diana's final days before her tragic 1997 death
Instead, for reasons unknown, the Australian actress, 31, is in a copy of a Catherine Walker halter neck dress worn by Diana at a party two years previously.
Also missing from the Royal Albert Hall scene is the pearl and diamond necklace that became so synonymous with the engagement that it sold at auction as the ‘Swan Lake necklace’ 20 years later for £10million.
Elizabeth Debicki is the double of Diana in the red carpet scene but the show’s producers have chosen not to replicate the princess’s Jacques Azagury turquoise sequin shift dress.
Diana’s appearance came a few short weeks before her death in a Paris car crash on August 31.
She was a lover of ballet and dance and at the time was patron of the English National Ballet.
Filming of the scenes for the Netflix drama took place at the Lyceum theatre. Series five focuses of the break-up of Diana’s marriage to Charles, played by Dominic West, and in other images Miss Debicki – who replaced Emma Corrin in the role – can be seen alongside Salim Dau, 71, as Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed, father of Diana’s lover Dodi.
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